Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 27, 2018
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. Psalm 54:4 (ESV)
I am increasingly convinced that we spend an incredible amount of time seeking our own self-preservation. Simply put, so much attention and energy is given to the pursuit of security, safety, and health. We go on countless diets and exercise routines as we try to prolong beauty and delay the inevitable biological clock. We obsess over the health of our investment portfolio, hoping to guarantee financial independence and freedom. And we insulate ourselves from anyone, anything, or anyplace that makes us vulnerable or exposed. Yet time and time again, Scripture reminds us that we are always safe in the Kingdom of God.
The realization that we are ultimately powerless and unable to control every outcome and variable in life could leave us paralyzed in fear and crippling anxiety. And if God were not who he says that he is, this would actually be a fair and expected response! Yet if we truly believe and trust in the goodness, love, and strength of the Lord, we can rest easy knowing that we are upheld and preserved by him. We know that in any trial or temptation, whether it be physical sickness, financial strain, or relational turmoil, we are held close by our creator and sustainer.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8).
When we are set free from fear, we are liberated to join God in his redemptive mission. We learn to be less self-absorbed, no longer caring only about our own wants, needs, and desires. Instead, when we are confident that the Lord sustains and upholds us, we can be bold and brave! He gives us the courage to join him in vulnerable and broken places. Places that, if only concerned with our own self-care, we would never risk going. Yet when we sit out on the mission of God in the name of “safety”, we miss so many opportunities to see God’s grace at work.
We desperately need the Holy Spirit of God to renew and sustain the world, the church, and each and every one of us. Yet if we forever rest in our own strength and safety, we will live as though we never actually need him to show up! Could it be that our obsession with safety means that we miss God in the process? Are we so secure that God simply becomes a worst-case scenario back up plan, rather than our very source of life and peace? May it never be so!
Father, teach us to truly trust you and put our faith in you above anything else that makes empty promises of safety and security. Amen.
Where does your trust most consistently lie?
When we are set free from fear, we are liberated to join God in his redemptive mission. #WisdomHunters #Godismyhelper
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